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DPP Haji withdraws case against a Rome-Based Catholic priest accused of knowingly spreading COVID-19 in Siaya

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has withdrawn a case filed against a Rome-based Catholic priest from Siaya County who was accused of knowingly spreading the coronavirus disease in the country.

Father Richard Oduor was charged at the Milimani Law Courts in April this year and released on a cash bail of Ksh.150, 000 or Ksh.500, 000 bonds after denying the charge.

In the application to withdraw the case, the DPP says Kilimani Criminal Investigation Officer has failed to produce witnesses in the case 9 times thereby forcing the court to adjourn the hearing of the matter severally.

The case has been withdrawn under section 87(a) of the Criminal Procedure Code which permits the prosecutor to apply before the court seized of the case to withdraw charges facing an accused person at any time before final Judgment.

Fr. Oduor returned to the country from Rome on March 11 and spent a day at Utawala in Nairobi before travelling home on March 13 where he conducted the burial of a close relative.

He later returned to Nairobi and exhibited symptoms of the disease prompting his admission to hospital where he tested positive and was placed under quarantine.

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